RIM is letting us know the recall is no reason to worry. The recall is due to a software issue as we staged before, these things happen. Under normal circumstances most recalls such as this one are quietly done, the manufacturer adjusts the returned merchandise and sends it back.
According to the statement from RIM:
RIM determined that approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up. The majority of the affected devices are still in the distribution channel and haven’t reached customers. RIM is working to replace the affected devices. In the small number of cases where a customer received a PlayBook that is unable to properly load software upon initial set-up, they can contact RIM for assistance.
I wouldn’t worry if you have one of the devices listed, unless the device isn’t working or isn’t able to update. Many times, more devices are recalled than the determined batch that needs to be corrected, just to be on the safe side.